JazzWax List: Martin Luther King - JazzWax

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January 16, 2012


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Allen Lowe

let us not forget Julius Hemphill's suite, At Dr. King;s Table.


Good list. A few more:

Seranade To A Bus Seat--Clark Terry
March on Selma--Blue Mitchell
Tell Him Not To Talk Too Long--Mary Lou Williams
Poor People's March--Bobby Hutcherson
Movin' On Up--Freddie Roach
Prayer For Passive Resistance--Charles Mingus

Bill Kirchner

And one of the very best: Herbie Hancock's "I Have a Dream," from one of his finest albums, THE PRISONER (Blue Note, 1969).

Dennis Manitsas

Add this one to the MLK Jr. list!


Brian Schmidt

One of my favorites:
The Teachers - James Moody (1970)

Jazz Lunatique

The Dream/It's Time - Max Roach drumming underneath Dr. MLK speechifying!

Fran Morris Rosman

Wow, Marc - great column - thank you.
And here's a bit of jazz history for MLK Day...when Dr. King was assassinated, Ella Fitzgerald was devastated, so she channeled her emotions into a song - she wrote "It's Up to Me and You". It was released as a single - flip side to "Brighten the Corner". On Capitol Records (who didn't do a whole lot to promote it....) Benny Carter conducted and arranged.
Fran Morris-Rosman
Executive Director
The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation


Nina Simone's "Why? (The King of Love is Dead)"

And just last year, San Francisco bassist/bandleader Marcus Shelby released "Soul of the Movement: Meditations on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr."



Nice video on Max Roach's The Dream/It's Time (from Chattahoochee Red) is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GgPldvgiyk

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